9 December 2010
Archival Gold: Earth science photos you may not have seen
Posted by Jessica Ball
While I was working at the American Geological Institute, I helped with a lot of projects that required photo research. To keep costs down, we usually tried to find non-copyrighted images (i.e., from websites with a .gov address). As it turns out, there are a lot of really useful places besides Wikipedia to get images, and they’re ones I still use when I want to illustrate a concept (and I’m not sure about using someone else’s images on the blog). Since I seem to have a little trouble finding a weekly feature that someone else in the geoblogosphere isn’t already doing, I thought I’d make it my task to share “forgotten” photos from my research sources. I’ll start you off with some winter-themed images from the United States Geological Survey Photo Library.
Here’s a lovely shot of the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park…from the 1880s!
And, just because I couldn’t resist, here’s a more lighthearted shot of some geologists at Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption:
Just wondering if you know about the NOAA natural hazards-images of geologic hazards website? at
I do! That’s one of my favorites, and I’ll definitely be featuring some images from there. Thanks for the reminder!
Is that snowman keeping a Budweiser cold? I knew I was going into the right field when I chose geology. Thanks for the image links.
I love the W.H. Jackson photos.